The Best C. Thomas Howell Movies 

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List of the best C. Thomas Howell movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. C. Thomas Howell's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top C. Thomas Howell movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated C. Thomas Howell movies will be at the top of the list. C. Thomas Howell has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest C. Thomas Howell movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining C. Thomas Howell films to end the squabble once and for all.

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Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Diane Lane

Released: 1983

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

The Outsiders is a 1983 American drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The film was released on March 25, 1983. Jo Ellen ...more

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Kelly Preston, Corey Haim, Lori Loughlin

Released: 1985

Directed by: David Greenwalt

Secret Admirer is a 1985 American romantic comedy film directed by David Greenwalt, and starring C. Thomas Howell, Lori Loughlin, Kelly Preston and Fred Ward. The screenplay was written by ...more

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Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Milius

Red Dawn is a 1984 American film directed by John Milius and co-written by Milius and Kevin Reynolds. It stars Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, and Jennifer Grey. ...more

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Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more

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Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

Released: 1986

Directed by: Robert Harmon

The Hitcher is a 1986 action horror film directed by Robert Harmon and written by Eric Red. The film stars Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jeffrey DeMunn.

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Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cusack, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 1984

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

Grandview, U.S.A. is a 1984 American comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Carole Cook, Ramon Bieri, ...more

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Earl Jones, Leslie Nielsen

Released: 1986

Directed by: Steve Miner

Soul Man is a 1986 comedy film about a man who undergoes racial transformation with pills to qualify for a black-only scholarship at Harvard Law School. The movie was directed by Steve Miner and ...more

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Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans

Released: 2012

Directed by: Marc Webb

The Amazing Spider-Man is a 2012 American superhero film directed by Marc Webb, based on the Marvel Comics character. After Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) is bitten by a genetically altered ...more

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Katherine Heigl, Eliza Dushku, Juliette Lewis

Released: 1992

That Night is a 1992 coming-of-age romantic drama film written and directed by Craig Bolotin, and starring C. Thomas Howell and Juliette Lewis. It is based on the novel of the same name by Alice ...more
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Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott

Released: 1993

Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell

Gettysburg is a 1993 epic film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, about the Battle of Gettysburg. The film starred Tom ...more

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Kathy Ireland, Courtney Thorne-Smith, C. Thomas Howell

Released: 1990

Directed by: Peter Israelson

Side Out is a 1990 film about a beach volleyball competition, featuring C. Thomas Howell, Peter Horton, Harley Jane Kozak and Courtney Thorne-Smith. The term “side-out” refers to an obsolete ...more
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James Garner, James Cromwell, Shirley Jones

Released: 1984

Directed by: Marvin J. Chomsky

Tank is a 1984 comedy, drama, and action movie starring James Garner, Jenilee Harrison, and C. Thomas Howell. The film was written by Dan Gordon and directed by Marvin J. Chomsky. It was ...more
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Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Malcolm McDowell

Released: 2004

Directed by: Joe Johnston

Hidalgo is a 2004 film based on the legend of the American distance rider Frank Hopkins and his mustang Hidalgo. It recounts Hopkins' racing his horse in Arabia in 1891 against Bedouins riding ...more

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Steve Guttenberg, Rutger Hauer, C. Thomas Howell

Released: 2005

Directed by: John Putch

The Poseidon Adventure is a 2005 action and adventure made-for-TV film based on Paul Gallico's novel of the same name. It is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name.

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Christopher Lee, Kim Cattrall, Oliver Reed

Released: 1989

Directed by: Richard Lester

The Return of the Musketeers is a 1989 film adaptation loosely based on the novel Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas. It is the third Musketeers film directed by Richard Lester, following ...more

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Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Jeff Daniels

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell

Gods and Generals is a 2003 American film based on the novel Gods and Generals by Jeffrey Shaara. It depicts events that take place prior to those shown in the 1993 film Gettysburg, which was ...more

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Ann-Margret, Kelly Preston, Charles Durning

Released: 1987

Directed by: Peter Douglas

A Tiger's Tale is a 1987 film written and directed by Peter Douglas, based on the novel Love and Other Natural Disasters by Allen Hannay III.
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Kari Wührer, C. Thomas Howell, Jake Busey

Released: 2003

Directed by: Louis Morneau

The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting is the 2003 horror sequel to The Hitcher, which stars C. Thomas Howell, returning as Jim Halsey, Kari Wührer as his girlfriend Maggie, and Jake Busey as ...more
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Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, C. Thomas Howell

Released: 1990

Directed by: Tommy Chong, William Lustig

Far Out Man was a 1990 comedy film written, directed by and starring Tommy Chong. It was filmed in Los Angeles, California, USA. Cinetel Films produced the movie and it was distributed in USA ...more
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Joan Severance, C. Thomas Howell, Breckin Meyer

Released: 1995

Directed by: Anthony Hickox

Payback is a 1995 thriller film directed by Anthony Hickox and written by Sam Bernard. It stars C. Thomas Howell and Joan Severance.
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Jason Bateman, Annie Potts, C. Thomas Howell

Released: 1992

Directed by: Neal Israel

Breaking the Rules is a 1992 drama film directed by Neal Israel, executive produced by Larry A. Thompson, starring Jason Bateman, C. Thomas Howell, Jonathan Silverman and Annie Potts. Jason's ...more
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Dustin Diamond, Patricia Arquette, Beth Behrs

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Putch

American Pie Presents: The Book of Love is a 2009 teen comedy released directly to DVD. It is the fourth and final installment in the American Pie Presents series and seventh installment in the ...more

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To Protect And Serve C. Thomas Howell, Jessie Lawrence Ferguson, Richard Romanus

Released: 1992

Directed by: Eric Weston

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C. Thomas Howell, Brianne Davis, Ezra Buzzington

Released: 2007

Directed by: David Greenlaw Sapp

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Sean Young, Giancarlo Esposito, C. Thomas Howell

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Keller

A Killer Within is a 2004 film featuring C. Thomas Howell as Addison Terrill, Sean Young as Rebecca Terrill, Ben Browder as Sam Moss, Dedee Pfeiffer as Sarah Moss and Giancarlo Esposito as ...more